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New Writing Series Spring 2021 - via Zoom

Matthew Zapruder -- Wednesday, April 14, 2021 -- Registration link at 5:00 pm

Matthew Zapruder



Zapruder’s first book, American Linden, was published by Tupelo Press in 2002 after winning the Tupelo Press Editors’ Prize. He is also the author of Why Poetry, an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry, as well as four other poetry collections, including Father’s Day. His honors include the May Sarton poetry award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in Washington, DC, he lives in Oakland, where he is an associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program in Creative Writing, as well as editor at large for Wave Books.

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Andrea Lawlor & Aiden Thomas -- Wednesday, April 28, 2021 -- Zoom at 5:00 pm

Andrea Lawlor
Aiden Thomas

Andrea Lawlor teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, is the recipient of a 2020 Whiting Award for Fiction, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Their publications include a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016), and a novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, a 2018 finalist for the Lambda Literary and CLMP Firecracker Awards. Paul, originally published by Rescue Press, is out now from Vintage/Knopf.

Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 983 7617 3285

Password: 550628

Ada Limón -- Tuesday, May 4, 2021 -- Registration link at 5:00 pm

Ada Limon

Ada Limón, a current Guggenheim fellow, is the author of five poetry collections, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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MFA First Year Student Readings, Part 1 -- Wednesday, May 12, 2021 -- Zoom at 5:00 pm

Event Description: First Year students in UCSD's MFA in Cross-Genre Writing will read from their work.

  • Cheyenne Avila
  • Maya Beck
  • Dana Fidler
  • Matt Ford
  • Aditi Natasha Kini
  • Lucien Spect

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 979 2770 8764

Password: 839885


MFA First Year Student Readings, Part 2 -- Wednesday, May 19, 2021 -- Zoom at 5:00 pm

Event Description: First Year students in UCSD's MFA in Cross-Genre Writing will read from their work.

  • Iman Farahani
  • Kira Jacobson
  • Alaric López
  • Julia Moncur
  • McKenzie Ross
  • Napoleon Touafek

Zoom link:  

Meeting ID: 962 2791 5458

Password: 015178


MFA Graduating Students Readings -- Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - Zoom at 5:00 pm

Event Description: Graduating students in UCSD's MFA in Cross-Genre Writing will read from their work.

  • Lucas Bailor
  • Carlito Espudo
  • Klara Feenstra
  • Townsend Montilla
  • Siloh Radovsky
  • McKenzie Ross
  • Adriana Tosun
  • Wambui Wainaina
  • Calvin Walds

Zoom link:    

Meeting ID: 933 8126 9293

Password: 600292

The New Writing Series is brought to you by the Literature Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities

The New Writing Series thanks the Department of Visual Arts for providing us with the SME Presentation Space

For more information contact Professor Kazim Ali.